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Old 01-26-2007, 09:15 AM   #11
 
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Nice tank. Any close-up pics of your plants?:)
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Old 01-26-2007, 09:31 AM   #12
 
Ok...sorry I stopped to run a spyware scan on my wife's PC.

My lonely plant (a first attempt at seeing if I can handle plants). I don't know what type, I bought it at Petco for like 3 bucks. It came with a black plastic basket on the bottom.


Alright, I won't fool with ph then. All the better anyway.

I may have been confusing...my tank isn't in front of a window. It is just in a room with a large window across from it, but not directly in front. My tank (both the 10 and now the 90) temperatures are always steady, especially since I found out how much better heaters with internal thermometers are.
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Old 01-26-2007, 05:11 PM   #13
 
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my main tank recieves occasional direct sunlight from windows and doesnt seem to be affected by it in the slightest other than an occasional algae spurt on the area of glass that gets the most of the light.
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Old 01-27-2007, 12:55 AM   #14
 
FDS, how do you deal with the algae problem when it appears then? Scrub and scape or something else? I never had a problem (knock on wood) with the 10 gallon in the same room as this one, but I am going to be watching like a hawk for the first signs of it.

I watch the new tank like a hawk anyway, especially checking for leaks every time I pass by it. Haven't seen or had one yet.

If the pH gets to 8 or more, should I then act on it? Just curious more then anything. I would rather use filter material then chemicals to treat my water if it gets bad.
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Old 01-27-2007, 01:56 AM   #15
 
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I just use a scraper to take care of it...rarely gets more than a few spots especially since I increased the number of live plants in the tank. If the pH is rising I'd look to the type of sand/rocks you are using in the tank as they are the likely culprit. I keep the ph of my tank at 6.5 so if i was to see it spike up to 8 I'd be freaking out due to the drastic increase. The pH of the tap water here is around 7.4...thus the reason I don't use it in my main tank where the pH is a major concern. Using peat in the filter will lower pH gradually as will the addition of some form of co2 injection.
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Old 01-27-2007, 01:57 AM   #16
 
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Slight growth of algae in a tank is ok but rampant growth is something to be concern about. If your pH fluctuates, then there could be something increasing it so try to find what causes fluctuations. Lowering it is done by use of peat, driftwoods or ketapang leaves but you should know your KH as well as KH when very high makes lowering pH almost difficult, if not impossible.

pH changes will still happen especially when your plants try to use up oxygen and CO2 during the night and day respectively. pH increases during the day as the plants use up CO2. It lowers when your plants use up the oxygen along with the fish who compete with the plants hence the recommendation to switch on airpump at night. This is more common in a heavily-planted or overstocked tank.
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Old 01-27-2007, 08:07 AM   #17
 
Now for my really stupid question. I am confused on what type of bulb to get to replace the one that came with my hood.

It's a 48" Flour Perfecto hood. What type of bulb works in these, I see T-8, T-10 (which I think it came with), T-12? Don't understand these numbers.

Also, the hood only has one bulb in it. How am I suppossed to get 2 watts per gallon (90 gallons) for plants to work with this? I only got the 13" deep one, so I do have space behind it, I am wondering if I am suppossed to get just a twin-bulb strip then. Seems like a lot of lighting for 8-10 hours a day.

I am going to get some kh, gh, etc test kits...so I can cover the rest of the essentials. A UV Sterilizer is really looking like a good idea as well (I don't think it can hurt).

Thanks for all your help and the welcome, sorry to be a pest. If everything goes well for a week or 2, I can start looking at other species for the tank.
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Old 01-27-2007, 05:45 PM   #18
 
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Also, the hood only has one bulb in it. How am I suppossed to get 2 watts per gallon (90 gallons) for plants to work with this? I only got the 13" deep one, so I do have space behind it, I am wondering if I am suppossed to get just a twin-bulb strip then. Seems like a lot of lighting for 8-10 hours a day.
You might have to make a new hood which can fit more than just two light tubes.
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Pest nothing.:) I'm glad you asked a lot of questions. There's no such thing as a stupid question. The only stupid question is the one not asked at all.:)
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Old 01-28-2007, 01:47 AM   #19
 
Yeah, I figured that but it still sounds like an awful lot of light! My dining room is going to glow.

I find these Java Ferns interesting though, they look nice and it says they don't need a lot of light.

I have alot of active charcoal filtration going on right now, could I take the charcoal out of the Magnum's canister and instead put BioBalls in it or ceramic pieces?
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Old 01-28-2007, 01:51 AM   #20
 
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you could. There seems to be a lot of controversy surrounded activated carbon these days. Some say it takes out a lot of stuff that is actually needed in an aquarium. Personally I use it without problems and it keeps the water very clear so I don't see what the big deal is. I prefer to let the sponge portions of my filters to take care of the biological filtration rather than adding additional ceramic rings, etc. And while carbon may take out some things that you would want in the tank it also takes out a lot of things you would'nt so I'm not a big believer in running entirely without carbon.
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